The world order’s structure is facing major upheavals. Tensions inside and outside the EU, degradation of transatlantic relations, resurgence of authoritarian regimes, increasing of new stakeholders, rising of new hybrid warfare forms, weaponization of Space as well as technological breakthroughs, are all challenges which politicians, militaries, defence industrials, academics, but also students and future decision makers, will have to analyze and face, to assure tomorrow’s security.
These Defence Summer University 2018 (UED) will definitely be an opportunity to foster this collective reflection exercise.
It’s only through an enhanced cooperation and the development of initiatives at a European level that we will be able to face this risks and preserve our strategic autonomy. Actively contributing to this European undertaking through major programs, like the MALE UAV or the future combat aircraft system, is precisely Airbus’s ambition. In order to achieve this, we intend to fully play our part in the mobilization efforts of young Europeans on these projects and heavily harness our ability to innovate in defence technologies.
Since the definitive end of French nuclear tests in 1996, the guarantee of operational performance and safety of French nuclear weapons has relied on the Simulation Program. DAM develops numerical codes which reproduce the complexity of nuclear weapons functioning by high level physical models, co-designs with Atos/Bull the supercomputers setting up simulations, and validates these numerical results through major experimental physics facilities, including the Megajoule Laser. The challenge of changeover to simulation, evidenced by the nuclear warheads renewal, has been met with success.
These indispensable innovations and industrials cooperations are at the heart of CMI Defence's approach. As French-Belgian reference players in the light-armored vehicle turret segment, capable of integrating our systems with all European carriers, we are doing our utmost to enable collaborations with our European colleagues to meet the needs of highly engaged armed forces in the toughest theaters of operations.
To achieve this goal, CMI innovates with agility and diversity by providing training resources, maintenance systems adapted to the needs of users. All this at a fast pace that allowed us to move from modular turret concept to first deliveries in less than 4 years and just a few months to develop our turret simulator mixing reality and virtuality.
This 16th UED is the ideal place to continue our exchanges and further develop our cooperation.
As a high-quality industrial partner, CNIM has been supporting armed forces offering equipment and solutions that are reliable, fully tested and at the cutting edge of technology for Projection by land and sea and Protection in France and on other theatres of operations.
CNIM and Bertin are, now, focused on the future. They expand their business to the international markets and grow their offer by acquiring companies at the cutting edge of their field like, in 2017, the companies Exensor and Winlight, respectively leader of network surveillance solutions and leader in the field of high-performance sensors.
Over the last 70 years, the French military aviation industry has driven technological innovation. As illustrated by the latest intervention of the combat air force in Syria, it contributes to ensuring the freedom of political decision-making and the military’s autonomy of action in crises.
For Dassault Aviation and its partners, the challenge of preparing for the future and ensuring the longevity of our skills and know-how is strategic. This challenge will rest on continuing to pursue the aim of securing sovereignty and on the people in our businesses who are driven by an on-going search for technologically innovative solutions that will guarantee the superiority of our combat air forces on the battlefield whatever the threat, be it traditional or asymmetric.
At the same time, for young people to show an interest in the defence industry, it has to have major programs, such as the Rafale program in the early 1990s, which offer them ambitious long-term prospects. Only these programs will in practice secure knowledge transmission and be stimulating challenges for the young engineers, technicians and skilled people we hire.
I therefore welcome the Franco-German initiative of 13 July 2017 announcing the decision to launch a new combat aircraft. In order to meet this challenge, we came to an agreement with Airbus at the ILA show in Berlin about sharing responsibility for this Future Combat Air System. The future aircraft will incorporate the most strategic innovative technologies in order to guarantee operational superiority such as stealth, supersonic speeds, Artificial Intelligence, connectivity, etc. I welcome the signature of a LOI on 19 June by the Minister of Armed Forces and his German counterpart, which over the next few months paves the way for starting studies and a demonstrator that will feed into the road map for a future multi-purpose combat aircraft.
Dassault Aviation, the business aviation leader in Europe, and Airbus, commercial aviation leader, are competitive dual-sector companies that face tough competition from North America and draw on an eco-system of innovative SMEs and SMIs. With our traditional partners in the field of combat aircraft such as Thales, Safran and MBDA we are ready to take up this new challenge. The longevity of a combat aeronautics industry in Europe able to attract the best talent to compete with the industry in traditional or emerging states means launching new programs. We feel sure the new combat aircraft the French President wants to see and which is supported by the Minister of Armies will enable France and Europe to stay at the top of the world’s military aviation industry in the 21st century.
Created in 1972 out of the wish of the ministry of Defence, Défense Conseil International (DCI) also adheres fully to this approach. As a partner of the armed forces contributing to their bilateral military cooperation and export support missions through the transfer of French military know-how, DCI Group focuses on leveraging innovation to pursue the mission entrusted to it and to continue to be fully prepared to meet the new needs of French armed forces and their foreign partners.
This is once more an unequivocal reason to contribute to the Conference's debates.
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Founded in 1861 in Lorraine, France, DEMATHIEU BARD is one of the leading independent construction companies in France and has worked for many years in the Defense industry in France and Europe.
Driven by its values of boldness, adaptability, independence, precision, long-term success and innovation, DEMATHIEU BARD uses its expertise and know-how to serve its clients operating in the Defense industry, including Safran, Dassault Aviation and Airbus.
The 16th annual summer school offers DEMATHIEU BARD a fantastic opportunity to communicate with leading figures in Defense’s political, military and manufacturing circles so as to gain a better understanding of the challenges of tomorrow.
With the development of asymmetric conflicts, threats change and the boundaries between armies and homeland security evolve. ECA Group meets these new challenges for the security of armed forces with solutions using state-of-the-art robotics and advanced automatic control systems that multiply the strength of forces while at the same limits their exposure in high-risk areas
The ECA Group offers comprehensive and completely integrated solutions, proven in combat, and deployed by French forces for surveillance, detection, inspection, rapid response and counteraction missions.
The robotic solutions offered by the ECA Group are based on a complete range of air, land and sea drones that can be either remote-controlled or autonomous. Interoperable, equipped with the best high-performance sensors, and able to process data in real-time, these drones are the basis for systems of collaborative drones used to rapidly and efficiently identify and neutralise risks.
The ECA Group also offers a range of submarine systems as well as specialised equipment for ships, land vehicles and aircraft.
Finally, the ECA Group supplies its customers with a set of solutions for training personnel in driving proficiency or specialised missions based on a complete range of simulators available worldwide.
Present in 70 countries, the Group relies on the skills of 155 000 employees – of which 95 000 are in the Services, notably energy efficiency focused. In addition to its energies supply solutions (electricity, natural gas, renewable energies), ENGIE delivers to its clients a wide range of services including engineering, energetic performance, industrial maintenance and facility management, climate and electrical engineering, information and communication systems…
In light of all these assets, ENGIE is a leading expert in regard to global support solutions for the Defense sector, as well as « civilian » activities carried out in the Group.
On a daily basis, the entities of the Group get involved in the joint and specialised support aimed at the Defense forces. They commit to the supply of energy, the modernisation and performance improvement of infrastructures, and the development of integrated maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) solutions to support the deployment of equipment, and the armies’ staff engagement.
ENGIE also contributes to the objectives set by the authorities in charge of the Defense, in France and worldwide, regarding the performance of the operational equipment by getting involved in the design and the implementation of various systems, such as secure communication networks, electronic warfare systems, ships and submarines building, or mobile systems of energy production for the operations.
In relation to the recent vote of the Military Programming Act (LPM), these Universities are the opportunity for ENGIE to claim its commitment to the ministerial policy guidelines that place men and women, and their living and working conditions, at the heart of its priorities. On the same note, ENGIE can also reassert its willingness to be more present, in the future, on the scope of the Defense support activities.
The Groupe Marck also offers global solutions (equipment, maintenance, consulting) for the equipment of contingents participating in UN peacekeeping operations (OMP Solutions).
HENSOLDT France offers data link solutions featuring high data rates and high security of transmission, dedicated to missiles or to airborne mission systems (mission aircraft, UAVs) and a range of IFF products (interrogators, cryptographic computers, ramp testers and test benches, etc.).
Defense Europe is experiencing a new impetus for opportunities in terms of capability cooperation. New political, capacity and budgetary instruments are being put in place with the aim of serving European strategic autonomy. A coherent process on a European scale is taking shape: collective identification of capability gaps, implementation by a group of voluntary countries of permanent structured cooperation, establishment of a European Defense Fund.
The need to do more and better between Europeans in defense is fully supported by a European champion like MBDA. The missile field has always been one of the precursors in this area.
MBDA was built on cooperative programs to respond to future threats and at the same time has developed governance models that optimize the economic and technological performance of programs while guaranteeing the sovereign interests of our countries of origin, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Because of BREXIT, maintaining a robust and comprehensive strategic partnership with the UK, a country with which we share a common strategic culture, remains a key pillar of Europe's security and defense.
First, we must accelerate Innovation to improve the French Navy’s operational capabilities, as French deterrence policy only remains credible if ensured by the technological superiority of defence equipment.
The entire French naval industrial sector is also committed to making its professions more attractive for young people. While the required skills are being learned over long time, innovation cycles are getting faster and faster and profoundly transform our know-how.
Finally, a strong industrial alliance between European partners in the naval defence sector would contribute significantly to the European defence cooperation and would strengthen the robustness of the EDTIB, backbone of a European strategic autonomy.
NEXEYA is involved in three areas of defence :
- Navigation, guidance and optronics : NEXEYA provides embedded systems for gathering and processing data, as well as guidance and navigational plotting equipment
- Electromagnetic protection and combat systems : NEXEYA designs power conversion solutions that provide magnetic silencing for submarines and frigates. NEXEYA also offers operational maintenance services for combat and weapons systems.
- Surveillance, detection and intelligence : NEXEYA has developed an embedded naval surveillance and defence CMS named LYNCEA to meet the needs of states in the fight against criminal and illicit activities. NEXEYA has also developed a range of embedded SURMAR and ISR mission systems, ARGOSIA, designed to meet the requirements of air surveillance and intelligence missions.
- Maritime Safety: to watch, monitor and secure the EEZ: river boats, fast patrol boats and offshore patrol vessels
- Maritime Security: to intervene, escort and deter: interceptors and command boats
- Auxiliary vessels: to know, protect and train: offshore support vessels, landing crafts and training boats
- A comprehensive set of services of Integrated Logistic Support services
Nimble and responsive structure, ODAS is a trusted advisor which organize, draft and implement « Governement to governement » contracts with Saudi Arabia since more than 40 years.
Acting as a program controller and an industry supervisor for the performance of high value defense and security programs of major complexity. Since 2010, ODAS has been awarded over 6 billion euro contracts.
The company acts as a prime contractor and program controller following closely the performances throughout the life of the programs.
In combat it is a question of deterring an opponent or defeating him. Technological domination is one of the means to achieve these goals. Any technological delay may therefore be paid at a high price !
Among the topics that will be debated during this sixteenth University of Defence, I am - as CEO of ONERA - particularly sensitive to the current debate on innovation in the service of Defence and the ongoing revolution in space affairs.
The military aeronautics and space research is one of the determinants of sovereignty and freedom of action. Our current technological and industrial defence basis (BITD) is the result of a continuous effort for decades.
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Established in 1889, Rheinmetall is a powerful, internationally successful integrated technology group. Rheinmetall is a market leader in the areas of environmentally friendly mobility and threat-appropriate security technology. The group´s operating activities are split into two corporate sectors, Rheinmetall Defence and Rheinmetall Automotive. In 2017, its 24,000-strong staff generated annual sales of roughly €6 billion.
Rheinmetall Automotive is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers for engine systems and modules, with products from its well-known brands Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg and Motorservice.
Rheinmetall Defence, as a leading European systems supplier for armed forces technology, is a reliable partner to European armed forces, NATO and allied nations. Rheinmetall Defence products set the global standard for excellence in a wide range of disciplines: from vehicle systems to force protection, from weapon systems to infantry equipment and air defence, and from network-enabled warfare capabilities to electro-optics and simulation technology.
It’s the passion for innovation that unites the Rheinmetall Group. It’s what drives us:
Technologies for mobility. Technologies for security. Passion for both.
Key player in the European major defence programmes, we are a market leader in defence aero engines for military transport and patrol aircraft and we have a strong position in other sectors, including combat, training aircraft and helicopters. We also play an active role in most of the world’s major naval defence programmes.
We take pride in our longstanding partnership with the French forces, providing support while they operate Rolls-Royce propulsion systems in the most demanding environments, for the toughest missions.
Making the most of our manufacturer’s expertise and utilising innovation from across Rolls‑Royce businesses, we built the right service portfolio to maximise our products’ availability throughout their service life.
Roxel is the European leader and world number three for propulsion of rockets and tactical missiles, and is present in all segments of the market (air, land and sea) involved with the control of key technologies.
By using very modern methods (Lean-Sigma, One Roxel model, etc) Roxel is deploying a continuous improvement plan to achieve ambitious goals of efficiency, reactivity and competitiveness. Roxel also builds on investment and innovation to prepare for the future by researching technologies and processes currently not used with existing products, and therefore generating the best possible value for its customers.
With its know-how in state-of-the-art technologies, RUAG Defence France constantly raises the challenges of complex projects, in the field of simulation and shooting training, by intervening from conception to production and also by providing support solutions.
Present on major markets in France and abroad, RUAG Defence France is experiencing steady and sustainable growth.
RUAG Defence France is impatient and proud to participate in the 16th Summer Defence Conference. This unmissable event will enable it to strengthen its position as a specialized player and increase its visibility. It will also give it the opportunity to actively contribute to the strategic thinking of the sector and reaffirm its commitment within the French and European defence community.
RUAG Defence France would like to thank and congratulate the organizers for their professionalism and efficiency. It renews its confidence in the prospect of 2018 edition that promises to be rich in meetings and discussions at the highest level.
The future is first and foremost in our youth. Whether for the armed forces or the defense industry, these professions are attracting new generations. It’s up to us to foster their commitment and offer fulfilling career opportunities. In turn, this means understanding their expectations and their environment. The future also rhymes with innovation, which plays a key role in making sure that the defense industry meets today’s ongoing security challenges. Like all major defense players, Safran invests heavily in Research & Technology to develop the breakthrough and even disruptive solutions to be deployed by modern warfighters. The future also lies in European defense, an objective that demands an in-depth analysis of what really works in terms of joint efforts.
Our expertise, sense of responsibility and two-way communications between all actors mean that the defense industry is ready to tackle its future with confidence and determination.
Best wishes to all for a very successful Summer Defense University.
Sopemea’s test services cover all the specific requirements of the Defence sector: STANAG 4370 - MIL STD 461 - MIL STD 810 - DEF STAN 0035 - GAM EG 13. Sopemea was notably responsible for drafting the French Ministry of Defence’s guidelines for taking mechanical and climate environments into account and contributes to preparing and drafting several technical documents for various standards relating to this.
Innovation is at the heart of its business. Sopra Steria implements an integrated value creation process that puts research and innovation at the center of its commitment so that it can provide a Big data, IA and Internet of Things offer to support the armies at scale.
Youth is part of our DNA. With an average age of less than 35 years for its employees, Sopra Steria is driven by the dynamism of youth and the new technologies for challenging defense projects.
In an era when alliances are being renewed and power geopolitics are front of stage, the Europe of Defense is the new frontier to be reached in terms of opportunities and challenges for the defense-security continuum, that Sopra Steria supports as the leader of European digital transformation.
Trusted partner of ministries and staffs, Sopra Steria deploys innovations within the armed forces so that data recovery and data protection are really drivers of our sovereign and European ambitions.
How to make the defense industry attractive for our young talents?
Young people are increasingly looking for meaning in their professional commitment. The defense industry can offer them not only the possibility to work on advanced technological innovation but also to serve their country. This requires them to understand what this actually means, beyond the fact of belonging to the arms trade. Clear communication on the spirit of defense is therefore an imperative. At the same time our industry has to progress in at least two areas in order to be truly attractive to young generations. First, our ways of working have to be adapted to provide modern, high-performance environments by combining Agile methodologies, trust-based management, appealing work spaces and flexibility. Second, our industry still has a long way to go in terms of diversity and inclusion. The top candidates will go where they feel the most welcome for what they are and not for what they represent. Talent is not defined by its gender, age, ethnicity or nationality. Talented youth will go where most valued.